If you are looking for a new edition that can be exciting and rewarding to your backyard garden, planting a small orchard can be the answer. It can be a great way to improve the appearance of your landscape while producing a fresh crop of fruit for you and your family and friends to enjoy.
Cultivating these sweet and tasty treats in your own orchard isn't that hard to do. Fruit trees, like apples, peaches or pears and other berries like strawberries or blueberries are great choices for a home orchard and can be grown by organic methods that are healthy for you and the environment.
It all starts out with choosing the type of fruit you want to grow. These choices can be for different reasons, it can be either because it is a fruit you enjoy to eat or for landscape reasons. Whatever your choice growing condition in your yard need some thought before you run out and buy your plants. Things like how much room you have, or how big the plant will grow. The type of fruit that will grow best in your particular environment or climate condition and how advanced you are personally with your gardening skills.These are all things that need some thought before you start, it can mean the success or failure of the crop you want to grow.
Success or failure of plants of any type can depend largely on the condition of the plant when purchased, always deal with a reputable source. The health of the plant is very important. When choosing tress, look for signs of healthy, strong limbs with healthy looking buds. When choosing plants that are in containers or bare root, look for a well developed root system. Trees especially when sold in containers, check to see that they were taken care of by looking at the root system to see that they have adequate space and not root bound, stress on many plants from it's early stages of growth can harm the plant.
Once you have decided on what you are going to grow and purchase your plants, the next step is to plant them in there new location, your yard.Proper planting is very important, choose a location that has the required sun light and that the soil condition is best for that plant, soil can be amended by organic methods to fit the plants specific needs.
Another important decision is picking a location that has the proper shelter for the plant. Even though a fruit mature fruit tree can withstand a period of strong winds, it is best to choose a location that can give it some shelter, and not an area that is known to have a constant strong wind pattern.
Now that your location has been chosen, it is time to prepare the hole. It should be at least three time bigger that the plants existing root ball and mix the existing soil from the hole with some well composted organic matter to improve it's soil structure. Once you have the plant in place and back-fill, if a tree it needs to be tied off to a stake for additional support while it's root system has time to get established and kept watered.
Now that you have your fruit trees planted, it is time care for the plant.Watching for signs pest problems and make sure that the plant has an adequate supply of water.
A environment friendly and healthy way of gardening. Organic Gardening is away of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment.